RMS Duke of Lancaster (1928)

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Name: RMS Duke of Lancaster
Port of registry: Lancaster, United Kingdom United Kingdom
Route: 1928-1956: Heysham - Belfast
Builder: William Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton
Yard number: 1193
Launched: 22 November 1927
Maiden voyage: 30 April 1928
General characteristics
Type: Turbine steam ship
Tonnage: 3,608 GT
Length: 360 ft (110 m)
Beam: 53 ft (16 m)
Draught: 19.5 ft (5.9 m)
Speed: 21 Knots

The RMS Duke of Lancaster was a steamer passenger ship operated by the London Midland and Scottish Railway from 1928 to 1956. [1]

In service[edit]

She was commissioned with two other ships, RMS Duke of Argyll and RMS Duke of Rothesay.

Built at William Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton and completed in 1928, she was designed to operate as a passenger ferry on the Heysham to Belfast.

In May 1929 she sustained slight damage after a collision with her sister ship Duke of Rothesay.

On 27 November 1931 she caught fire in Heysham Harbour, Lancashire, England, and burned for 24 hours. She capsized on 28 November. She was raised in January 1932, repaired at William Denny and Brothers, and returned to service.[2]

In August 1932 she went aground on Copeland Island in a fog, but was refloated successfully.

In September 1934 she collided with a trawler in Morecambe Bay.

She ran aground again at Bride at the Point of Ayre on the Isle of Man on 14 June 1937.[3] She was refloated the following day.[2]

On 13 January 1940 she collided with and sank the coaster Fire King belonging to Messrs. Gilchrist.[2]


In 1956, along with her sister ships she was replaced by TSS Duke of Lancaster.


  1. ^ British nationalised shipping, 1947-1968, William Paul Clegg, John S. Styring – 1968
  2. ^ a b c Patton, Brian (2007). Irish Sea Shipping. Kettering: Silver Link Publications. pp. 178–184. ISBN 978 1 85794 271 2. 
  3. ^ "Casualty Reports". The Times (47711). London. 15 June 1937. col E, p. 28. 

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